Art, Existential Anxiety and Psychotherapy: Eros, Enigma and Mortality in the World of Edward Hopper by Malcolm Slavin, Ph.D.

1.5 CE Credits

Edward Hopper’s paintings evoke powerful human moods and enigmatic emotional states.  His art takes us to a place in ourselves where intense longings for connection co-exist with a sense of impending loss, aloneness and mortality. Hopper’s vibrant, haunting images convey how an artist “dreams” us into imagining how our patients create meaning in a world of enigmatic otherness—the world we will all, inevitably, lose.  

Learning Objectives: After this intermediate/advanced presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify strategies Hopper uses to convey the human experience of longing, enigma and desire.
2. Analyze the ways that the human longing for connection exists in the existential context of otherness and loss – both in Hopper’s art and in therapy.
3. Discuss how erotic desire is often used as a vital antidote to aloneness and mortality; and how this affects psychoanalytic
4. Explain the role of the therapist’s imagination in treating patients.

Malcolm Slavin, Ph.D.: Founder, Past President, Faculty and Supervisor, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP); Board, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); International Council, Psychoanalytic Self Psychology; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, faculty and supervisor at several psychoanalytic institutes worldwide. His publications and books include The Adaptive Design of the Human Psyche: Psychoanalysis, Evolutionary Biology and the Therapeutic Process (with Daniel Kriegman); and forthcoming his “Collected Papers:“Why the Analyst Needs to Change” and “Original Loss: Grieving Existential Trauma in Art, Music and Psychoanalysis.”


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Date(s) - May 3, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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